“We are paying attention to forms of non-verbal harassment and verbal harassment, not just physical harassment and violence,” Borja said. “Research suggests, pretty compellingly, that it (stigmatizing rhetoric used by politicians) contributes to harm and racist backlash against Asian Americans.”
On ‘All Sides with Ann Fisher,’ Dr. Melissa May Borja and guests examine what the Atlanta shootings and other incidents of AAPI-targeted violence say about our society and how organizations are responding.
“Almost 70 percent of the incidents reported to Stop AAPI Hate were done so by women. Research from Virulent Hate, a project run by researchers at the University of Michigan to analyze how Asian-Americans have experienced racism during the pandemic, found a similar pattern when looking at incidents reported in the news media.”
“‘There’s a very deep history of very gendered, racist depictions of Asian American women’ — Dr. Melissa May Borja scholar explains why it’s impossible to separate anti-Asian hate from the March 16 Atlanta-area shootings that left 6 Asian women dead
“I would love for us to not just think about the most extreme version of racism or sexism—which is the murders that we saw this week—but also think about it on a continuum of racialized misogyny and anti-Asian hate that we’ve seen expressed in a variety of ways over the course of the pandemic.”
“We know Asian American women are particularly affected by the past year and the anti-Asian racism that we see associated with the pandemic. The impact is really important, and it’s been really striking to me last night and today how sad they are, how angry they are,” she said. “Earlier today I just got off…
“After all the discrimination that Asians have experienced throughout U.S. history — the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the internment camps that forced Japanese Americans to leave their homes during World War II — it’s ‘shocking’ that so many Americans are still surprised by anti-Asian attacks, Borja said. She blames the ‘model minority’ myth.”
“Borja and a team of researchers have spent the past year compiling a list of more than 700 incidents of anti-Asian harassment reported in local news outlets in places as varied as Martinsville, Indiana, and Bayview, California.”
WILL, an Illinois Public Media NPR Station, interviews Dr. Melissa Borja and Catherine Shieh, an anti-hate training coordinator, about hateful incidents past and present.
April Baer, host of Michigan Radio’s Stateside, interviews Dr. Melissa May Borja about naming the violence – and the fear – Asian Americans are living with during the pandemic.